Right to Farm Act

Politics & Government
10:13 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The week in Michigan politics

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Week in Michigan Politics interview for 4/30/14

This Week in Michigan Politics, Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss how Congressman John Conyers might not be in the August primary because of a problem in nomination petitions, how the state is running out of money to give to struggling schools, and how backyard farming might become more difficult in the months ahead.

Politics & Government
11:24 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Controversial Right to Farm decision expected Monday

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A state board is likely to make a decision today on a controversial rule that would end certain legal protections for people raising chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

The rule change would take protections under the state’s Right to Farm Act away from people living in residentially zoned areas. The changes would not outlaw backyard chickens and other livestock.

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Politics & Government
6:25 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Decision on backyard livestock coming soon

A final decision on backyard farms is expected next month.
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The Michigan Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development is about to hold its final hearing on a controversial new rule. It would end Right to Farm protections for people who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers

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Many small and urban farms could lose the protection of Michigan's Right to Farm Act.

The Act protects farmers against nuisance lawsuits if they follow Michigan's Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPS).

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wants to exclude farms with fewer than 50 animals from Right to Farm protection if those farms are in areas zoned exclusively residential.

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